DECEMBER 21, 2018 / 5:59 AM / UPDATED 14 HOURS AGO

Mexico says will not deport migrants seeking asylum

MEXICO CITY, Dec 21 (Reuters) - Mexico’s foreign minister Marcelo Ebrard said on Friday his government would not deport people seeking asylum, a day after the country said it would accept some migrants returned from the United States while their asylum requests are being processed.

Speaking at the same news conference as Ebrard, deputy interior minister Alejandro Encinas said he expected migrant flows into Mexico to increase next year, pointing to ambitious development projects the government is planning.

(Reporting by Daina Beth Solomon and Dave Graham Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)